From problem child to model mother
When Makoua was four years of age, she arrived in the gorilla group at Burgers’ Zoo. She knew almost nothing of her fellow gorillas’ natural behaviour, and she had to be introduced to this group in stages. At first, she often kept to herself. Her first contact with Bauwi ended surprisingly for him: little Makoua gave the 200 kg silverback a smack. In the meantime, the now nine-year-old Makoua is behaving more like a true gorilla. She has learned well by watching the other gorilla females interact with their offspring, and now she is a model mother to her own baby – which clearly pleases her caretakers.